How to Build a Dinosaur: Extinction Doesn't Have to Be Forever

How to Build a Dinosaur: Extinction Doesn't Have to Be Forever

A world-renowned paleontologist takes readers all over the globe to reveal a new science that trumps science fiction: how humans can re-create a dinosaur.

In movies, in novels, in comic strips, and on television, we’ve all seen dinosaurs—or at least somebody’s educated guess of what they would look like. But what if it were possible to build, or grow, a real dinosaur, without finding ancient DNA? Jack Horner, the scientist who advised Steven Spielberg on Jurassic Park, and a pioneer in bringing paleontology into the twenty-first century, teams up with the editor of The New York Times,/I>’s Science Times section to reveal exactly what’s in store.

In the 1980s, Horner began using CAT scans to look inside fossilized dinosaur eggs, and he and his colleagues have been delving deeper ever since. At North Carolina State University, Mary Schweitzer has extracted fossil molecules—proteins that survived 68 million years—from a Tyrannosaurus rex fossil excavated by Horner. These proteins show that T. rex and the modern chicken are kissing cousins. At McGill University, Hans Larsson is manipulating a chicken embryo to awaken the dinosaur within: starting by growing a tail and eventually prompting it to grow the forelimbs of a dinosaur. All of this is happening without changing a single gene.

This incredible research is leading to discoveries and applications so profound they’re scary in the power they confer on humanity. How to Build a Dinosaur is a tour of the hot rocky deserts and air-conditioned laboratories at the forefront of this scientific revolution.

Title:How to Build a Dinosaur: Extinction Doesn't Have to Be Forever
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780525951049
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  • Joel Carlin

    Book reviews, like online hotel reviews, are entirely biased by the reviewer's background. As a professor of evolutionary biology, I like to look over books that are both responsibly written, scientif...

  • bup

    So much of this book is, "oh, people are going to be nervous about making a dinosaur out of a chicken," and "ethical considerations this," and "playing God that."Stop pussy-footin', Horner! We want ou...

  • Joe

    Meh, this book was mostly filler. I'd say like 75% filler. Horner killed time by explaining modern dino-studies and described a few of his colleagues in great detail. Then he finally got down to brass...

  • Daphne

    Will review more later, but wanted to mark as read.Yes, this book is super interesting, fun, and you will learn a ton from this......read this 100% if you like dinosaurs, evolution, pop-sci, and becau...

  • Terry

    This is a stunning example of the book contradicting its title. "Extinction doesn't have to be forever" is a sexy proposition which is addressed in the 200 or so droll pages of what's essentially a co...

  • Nicholas Lofaro

    Anything about this science gets 5 stars because it's dinosaurs and dinosaurs always get 5 stars! haha! A quick read, more about imaginative science than perfect science, which is fun. Kids could read...

  • Peter Panacci

    An incredible look into the world of paleontology and evolutionary biology which will leave you excited, and slightly terrified, for the future of science! By analyzing the complex mechanisms for both...

  • Ann Keller

    Renowned paleontologist, Jack Horner, and James Gorman, deputy science editor of The New York Times, have written a profound book in How to Build A Dinosaur. Rather than zeroing in on ancient dinosaur...

  • Sam Wescott

    This was really interesting! So, a quick glance at the book synopsis mentioned that Horner consulted for Jurassic Park and based on the cover (I know, I know, I did the thing) and the title, I half-ex...

  • Vildan Acar

    biyoloji finalimden hemen önce başlamakta akıllılık ettiğim bir kitap oldu çünkü wow bunu okurken finale de çalışmış oldum teşekkürler evo-devo"Every morning, the dinosaurs make such a...